Bible: Luke 23

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

23:1 Then 1  the whole group of them rose up and brought Jesus 2  before Pilate. 3  23:2 They 4  began to accuse 5  him, saying, “We found this man subverting 6  our nation, forbidding 7  us to pay the tribute tax 8  to Caesar 9  and claiming that he himself is Christ, 10  a king.” 23:3 So 11  Pilate asked Jesus, 12 Are you the king 13  of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 14  23:4 Then 15  Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 16  against this man.” 23:5 But they persisted 17  in saying, “He incites 18  the people by teaching throughout all Judea. It started in Galilee and ended up here! 19 

Jesus Brought Before Herod

23:6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 23:7 When 20  he learned that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, 21  he sent him over to Herod, 22  who also happened to be in Jerusalem 23  at that time. 23:8 When 24  Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform 25  some miraculous sign. 26  23:9 So 27  Herod 28  questioned him at considerable length; Jesus 29  gave him no answer. 23:10 The chief priests and the experts in the law 30  were there, vehemently accusing him. 31  23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, 32  dressing him in elegant clothes, 33  Herod 34  sent him back to Pilate. 23:12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, 35  for prior to this they had been enemies. 36 

Jesus Brought Before the Crowd

23:13 Then 37  Pilate called together the chief priests, the 38  rulers, and the people, 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading 39  the people. When I examined him before you, I 40  did not find this man guilty 41  of anything you accused him of doing. 23:15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing 42  deserving death. 43  23:16 I will therefore have him flogged 44  and release him.”

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23:18 But they all shouted out together, 46 Take this man 47  away! Release Barabbas for us! 23:19 (This 48  was a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection 49  started in the city, and for murder.) 50  23:20 Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted 51  to release Jesus. 23:21 But they kept on shouting, 52 Crucify, crucify 53  him! 23:22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty 54  of no crime deserving death. 55  I will therefore flog 56  him and release him.” 23:23 But they were insistent, 57  demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 23:24 So 58  Pilate 59  decided 60  that their demand should be granted. 23:25 He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over 61  to their will. 62 

The Crucifixion

23:26 As 63  they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, 64  who was coming in from the country. 65  They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 66  23:27 A great number of the people followed him, among them women 67  who were mourning 68  and wailing for him. 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, 69  do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves 70  and for your children. 23:29 For this is certain: 71  The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 72  23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 73 Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ 74  23:31 For if such things are done 75  when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? 76 

23:32 Two other criminals 77  were also led away to be executed with him. 23:33 So 78  when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” 79  they crucified 80  him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 23:34 [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] 81  Then 82  they threw dice 83  to divide his clothes. 84  23:35 The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed 85  him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save 86  himself if 87  he is the Christ 88  of God, his chosen one! 23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 89  23:37 and saying, “If 90  you are the king of the Jews, save yourself! 23:38 There was also an inscription 91  over him, “This is the king of the Jews.”

23:39 One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t 92  you the Christ? 93  Save yourself and us! 23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, 94 Don’t 95  you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 96  23:41 And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing 97  wrong.” 23:42 Then 98  he said, “Jesus, remember me 99  when you come in 100  your kingdom.” 23:43 And Jesus 101  said to him, “I tell you the truth, 102  today 103  you will be with me in paradise.” 104 

23:44 It was now 105  about noon, 106  and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 107  23:45 because the sun’s light failed. 108  The temple curtain 109  was torn in two. 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! 110  And after he said this he breathed his last.

23:47 Now when the centurion 111  saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent! 112  23:48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 113  23:49 And all those who knew Jesus 114  stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw 115  these things.

Jesus’ Burial

23:50 Now 116  there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, 117  a good and righteous man. 23:51 (He 118  had not consented 119  to their plan and action.) He 120  was from the Judean town 121  of Arimathea, and was looking forward to 122  the kingdom of God. 123  23:52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body 124  of Jesus. 23:53 Then 125  he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, 126  and placed it 127  in a tomb cut out of the rock, 128  where no one had yet been buried. 129  23:54 It was the day of preparation 130  and the Sabbath was beginning. 131  23:55 The 132  women who had accompanied Jesus 133  from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 23:56 Then 134  they returned and prepared aromatic spices 135  and perfumes. 136 

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 137 

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